Moore Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty; Police Say She Tried To Burn Cat Alive On Grill

A Moore woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she placed a cat in a burning barbeque grill. 

Tuesday, July 9th 2024, 10:22 pm

By: News 9, Sylvia Corkill


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A Moore woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she placed a cat in a burning barbeque grill. 

“Its whiskers were singed almost in half from the heat or flames,” said Clint Byley, Moore Police Department.

 According to police, the cat belonged to the woman’s 16 year-old-daughter. Police say she saved the cat from burning alive and called 911. 

“She was very distraught. She spoke about how she believed her mother may have put her cat on the grill,” said Byley. 

Officers responded to the home and located the animal. 

Police: Her whiskers are singed. 
Police: Yeah, the trashbag is melted. This was on top with the fire going. 

Still frightened, the police tried to comfort the cat. 

Cat: Meow
Police: Meow, hi. Hello. It’s okay. 

A 16-year-old girl told police she had been looking for her cat when she heard it crying. 

“The teenager said she could hear her cat meowing very loudly from outside of the home,” said Byley. 

According to investigators, the girl said her mother, Veronica Carrillo had been grilling and then ran off. Police located her hiding under a rug on her neighbor’s front porch.

Carrillo: I was cooking out and the cat got burned. 
Carrillo: It had to be done, I’m sorry.
Police: What had to be done?
Carrillo: I mean I had to cook. 

With visible injuries to its paws and whiskers, Carrillo was arrested.

“You can tell when she’s all messed up,” said neighbor Thomas Wade. 

According to neighbors, Carrillo struggles with addiction and is often seen walking the neighborhood at odd hours. 

“She’s come to our house at like 4:00 a.m. and slept in my mom‘s car,” said Wade. 

And until now neighbors tell us they believed she was relatively harmless—never believing she was capable of harming anyone.

“She’s at the park. I’ll say hi to her. She’s pretty nice. She’ll wave at me,” said Wade. 

Carrillo remains jailed on a $100,000 bond.

She’s expected to return to court later this month. Records show her family has filed for a protective order. 

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